December 2012

The posting, it will be light

by Sonny Bunch on December 26, 2012

I just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc. It’s been a fun year: I’ve enjoyed muttering to myself here and honored to see that a few of you enjoy muttering along with me. There are things in the offing for next year—big, exciting things!—but I can’t really talk about them just yet. […]


The inanity of gun control

by Sonny Bunch on December 26, 2012

Excellent use of DC police resources, investigating Meet the Press for committing an act of journalism:… — Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 26, 2012 I know Goldberg’s being sarcastic here, but I really do think this is a good use of police resources. To recap: Meet the Press’ David Gregory appeared on his show with […]

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Review: Jack Reacher

by Sonny Bunch on December 21, 2012

Christopher McQuarrie, the writer-director of Jack Reacher, is an oddly underused Hollywood asset. After winning an Oscar for The Usual Suspects (1995), McQuarrie did not reemerge on the big screen until his directorial debut in the wildly underrated The Way of the Gun (2000). He was then silent for another eight years before reteaming with The Usual Suspects’ Bryan Singer to […]

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Movie theater patrons are the worst. The. Worst.

by Sonny Bunch on December 19, 2012

So look. There’s nothing new in the post that follows. But perhaps you’ll indulge me for just a moment? I need to vent.


The most annoying sentence ever written

by Sonny Bunch on December 19, 2012

But I’m not a cinefile (though I tried my hand at screenwriting years ago, and was also the editor of a film magazine for some time). I just. Wow. I hate everything about that sentence, from the misspelling of cinephile to the casual admission that an editor of a film magazine doesn’t feel the need […]


I warned you! The Do Something Imperative will not be denied! In the wake of the Newtown shootings, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill Tuesday night that would have the National Academy of Sciences examine any link between violent games and media and violent acts by children, industry sources say. According to […]


Megan McArdle was subjected to a two-minute hate on Twitter last night for suggesting we instruct people that cowering in the face of mass violence is an ineffective way to stop said violence. Allow me to suggest, however, that liberals weren’t upset because of 74 words in a 4,591 word essay. Nope. They were upset […]


The liberal imperative to ‘do something’

by Sonny Bunch on December 17, 2012

You’re going to hear from a lot of liberals that We have to do something in the wake of Newtown. Complacency is not an option and We can’t just shrug and do nothing and The fierce urgency of now and other such slogans will be bandied about. We’re going to be told that We need to have a national discussion about […]


Defining Torture Down

by Sonny Bunch on December 16, 2012

One of the things worth pointing out in the whole Zero Dark Thirty kerfuffle is the absurd defining-down of “torture,” something Kyle Smith gets at quite nicely in his column this weekend: Does “ZD30” glorify torture? No, because no one is tortured in it. The worst procedure shown is waterboarding, and while this is an extremely unpleasant […]


Happily Ignorant

by Sonny Bunch on December 15, 2012

I recently revisited the piece in the New York Times on child psychopaths, and was struck by this quote: John Edens, a clinical psychologist at Texas A&M University, has cautioned against spending money on research to identify children at risk of psychopathy. “This isn’t like autism, where the child and parents will find support,” Edens observes. “Even […]

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